Around the RANCH

#YouCantStopExcellence - Volume 2.7 - September 26 , 2021

A Message from the Principal

Keep working hard, Mustangs! If you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.

Our Early Release Day will be Wednesday, October 6th and this will also be our Underclassmen Make Up Picture Day.


Congratulations to Mustang Girls Cross Country who placed 3rd and Mustang Boys Cross Country placed 7th. Big win for Boys Mustang Swimming and Diving over LOLHS and congratulations to Girls Mustang Volleyball for winning their tournament this weekend! Also, congratulations to our NJROTC Brain Bowl Teams who finished 4th and 5th and qualified for the State Championships!


Our Homecoming Week will be October 4th to October 8th and our theme is Party in the USA. Our game will be held on Friday, October 8th and our dance will be held on Saturday, October 9th from 6PM to 10PM.


JWMHS Student Behavior Agreement are online on our website, as well as guest request forms. Guest request forms are due on Friday, October 8th at 12PM. Do not miss the deadline! Ticket sales have begun and will only be sold via Rycor. You can purchase either an all-inclusive wristband for $40 or individual event tickets for $3 each and a dance ticket for $35 each. When you pick up your wristband or ticket, you will need to submit your JWMHS Student Behavior Agreement. See our website for more information!


Parents/Guardian will need to make sure that they have completed the Dance Expectations Meeting for Parents/Guardians.If you need to do so, please email me (jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us) with your child's name and student number so that I can assign the course to you. Those who have done so already will receive their unique dance number this week in RANCH.


If you are concerned about your dress or outfit, please make sure that you email Ms. Schultz so that she can review the outfit and give approval.


If you have an eSchool placeholder, on campus or off campus, please sign up for your classes as soon as possible. Directions can be found on our website.


We want to remind you that you need to respect each other and just be nice. Calling each other names, posting negative things online, and acting inappropriately towards each other is uncalled for and unnecessary. Again, just be nice. And if you can’t find something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.


You can expect weekly newsletters to keep you up to date as to what is happening at JWMHS around the ranch, as well as a weekly School Messenger call on Sunday night around 6:30PM. A good way of staying up to date on school information is to visit our website at https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/ and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (both @JWMHS), as well as like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jwmitchellhighschool! From there you can find several sources of information that will keep you informed of all the happenings at JW Mitchell High School.


We will strive to provide the best education possible for your child. If at any time during the school year you feel the need to contact me, please email me at jschultz@pasco.k12.fl.us or call (727) 774-9202.


We hope that you have a great week! Go Mustangs!

Highlights from the Weekly Call for the Week of 9/26

Read the highlights from the Weekly School Messenger Call for the Week of September 26th here!

2021 Homecoming - Party in the USA

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A Week in Review: September 27th to October 2nd

Click here to look at all of our JWMHS Calendars!

https://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/school-calendars/


Monday, 9/27

3PM BGLF vs GHS and Alonso HS

3PM GGLF vs Alonso HS

3PM Common Application Help for Seniors at Media Center

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

5PM Volleyball Practice @ Gym


Tuesday, 9/28

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

5PM Volleyball Practice @ Gym


Wednesday, 9/29

3PM WRS Club Conditioning @ Wrestling Room

315PM CHEER Practice @ Cafeteria

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

6PM JV/V VLB vs. AHS @ Gymnasium

6PM BGSWM @ SLHS


Thursday, 9/30

330PM Football Practice @ Field House

330PM Fall Baseball @ Field

4PM Band Rehearsal

6PM JV/V Volleyball vs. NCHS at Gymnasium

7PM JV FTB @ HHS


Friday, 10/1

315PM GWLFT Conditioning @ Field House

330PM Volleyball Practice at Gymnasium

7PM VFTBL vs. Gaither HS - HS/MS Band Night


Saturday, 10/2

SAT

NJROTC Academic Team at Gaither HS

Cross Country FL Runners Invitational

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Tell us about the great things that our Mustang faculty, staff, and students are doing so that we can recognize them. No achievement, act of kindness, or thank you is too small.

Click here to review our SECURITY PROCEDURES!

This procedures will be in effect at all games and events held on campus. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Click here to review our 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

These are the Bell Schedules that we will use for the 2021-2022. It also includes the Early Release Days.

Student Attendance Guidelines

School attendance and active participation in class are extremely important to learning and success and making good grades. Each teacher shall establish a set policy for make-up work and a grading system and shall submit a written description of his/her grading system to the principal and students at the beginning of the course.


Procedures for Checking In or Out of School
Students need to arrive on time and stay through dismissal so they will receive important directions, class instruction and avoid disrupting other students. Parents can set a good example by encouraging students to follow the school’s time schedule. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)
Students who come to campus late or need to leave campus early MUST provide parental permission.

Procedure for checking IN to school

  • Students should report to Student Services upon arriving at school.
  • Students should provide documentation for excuse of tardiness. Determination of the type of absence will be done by the Attendance Secretary.
  • An excused/unexcused tardy pass will be issued by Student Services.
  • Student should give pass to teacher when they get to the classroom.


Procedures for checking OUT of school

  • No students will be dismissed after 2:15pm.
  • Students are checked out at Student Services. ID must be shown when checking out a student.
  • Students who drive themselves MUST provide parental permission in the form of a note with a contact phone number to the Attendance Secretary no later than 11:00AM.
  • A check out pass will be issued by the Attendance Secretary with the time and date of early release.
  • Students should present this pass to their teachers at the time of release.


Rules of School Attendance

It is the belief of the District School Board of Pasco County that academic success requires continuity of instruction and active classroom participation. Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the schools during the days and hours that the school is in session. School attendance shall be the responsibility of parents and students.(Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)

The following are acceptable reasons for a student’s absences from class:

  • Illness of student
  • Major illness in the immediate family of the student (immediate family is determined as parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, legal guardians or persons “in loco parentis,” or a member of one’s own household.)
  • Death in the immediate family of the student.
  • Religious holiday of the student’s faith (including Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, Epiphany, etc.)
  • Religious instruction (including Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, etc.)
  • Religious institutes, conferences, or workshops, provided that the principal or designee approves the absence in advance.
  • Absences for trips or other parental requests. Requests must be approved at least one (1) week in advance.
  • In-school or out-of-school suspension.
  • Subpoena or forced absence by any law enforcement agency. A copy of the subpoena or court summons must be submitted to the school.
  • Issues and occasions specific to military families.


For purposes of attendance, school related activities and testing will not be counted as absences from school.


To Report an Absence

All students who are absent will be marked “unexcused” (U) until the parent/guardian notifies the school in writing or through the website and justifies the absence with one of the acceptable reasons as defined in Section 2. Parents should notify the school of a student’s absence and the reason for the absence with the appropriate note within three (3) school days of a student’s return to school. The form to report an excused absence can be found at http://jwmhs.pasco.k12.fl.us/mform/view.php?id=12087. Types of appropriate notes include parent notes, doctor notes or court paperwork.


Make-up Work

Students may make up any and all assignments, tests or related work assigned on the day(s) of any excused or unexcused absence at full credit. The student is responsible for asking the teacher(s) for make-up tests, assignments and related work. Students will be given a minimum of two (2) calendar days per day or period of absence to make up all tests, assignments and related work. Students may be given additional time as stipulated on their IEP or based on teacher discretion. Work due to be turned in on the day of the absence will be turned in upon return and be given full credit. Students who have been assigned out-of-school suspension (OSS) may make up all tests, assignments and related work for full credit. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)


Unexcused Absences, School Related Activities and Parking

At the secondary level, attendance is marked per period. If a student has five unexcused absences, or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in any one course within a calendar month or ten unexcused absences or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in any one course within a semester, the student may lose privileges as follows:
They may be excluded from attendance reward incentives as defined at the school level.
•Lose the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities. These include but are not limited to dances, special events, club activities and athletics, until the end of the following grading quarter. Absences accumulated in the fourth quarter will result in loss of privileges during said grading quarter only and will not carry over to the following year.
•Lose of privilege to drive to campus until the end of the following grading quarter. Absences accumulated in the fourth quarter will result in loss of privileges during said grading quarter only and will not carry over to the following year.

The principal or designee may review extenuating circumstances brought forth by a parent/guardian. The principal’s decision is final.


Attendance & ExtraCurricular Activities/Athletics

Students must be present for the majority of the school day to participate in extracurricular activities unless otherwise approved by school administration. These include but are not limited to dances, special events, club activities and athletics. (Code of Conduct of Pasco County Schools)


Attendance & Driving to School

Driver License Penalty – Students who accumulate fifteen (15) unexcused absences or absences for which the reasons are unknown, in a period of ninety (90) calendar days may face suspension of their driver license or, for students who are under the age sixteen (16), having their application for licensure denied. Please see section of Florida Driver License Law (F.S. 322.091)

Schedule Change Requests / Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences / Plans for Success

At this time, we have completed schedule changes for Semester 1. Please plan on developing a Plan for Success with your child and his/her child's teacher in order to find success in the class. To set up a Zoom Parent/Teacher/Student Conference, please call (727) 774-9200 and ask to speak with Mrs. Gaynor.


All conferences will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

GRADUATING CLASS INFORMATION

Class of 2022 - SENIORS

Assistant Principal: Mr. Quina

School Counselor: Mrs. Ruconich & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Mrs. Daniel and Mr. Alas


Schedule your Senior Graduation photos now so you don't miss out being in the Senior section of the 21-22 Yearbook. Go to giganteproductions.com to schedule your formal yearbook picture. Only pictures from Gigante will be use for the senior section of the yearbook.


Due to overwhelming demand Mrs. Chamberlin will be hosting one more College Application Help sessions for seniors on Monday, September 27th. 3:05 PM to 5:00 PM in the Media Center! Please register for the event so Mrs. Chamberlin knows how many will be in attendance (see the QR Code above)! She will also cover essays, the SSAR, and how to submit your applications!! Remember the CRC is open during lunches as well for questions and support!!


If you are driving on campus, please make sure that you've been approved for a parking space and your parking tag is properly displayed. If someone is parked in your assigned spot, please use the mach form on our website to report it and park along the curb until you are notified by Ms. Cortier.

Class of 2023 - JUNIORS

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Tricozzi

School Counselor: Mr. Crouch & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Mrs. Herring & Mrs. Mattos


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.


If you are driving on campus, please make sure that you've been approved for a parking space and your parking tag is properly displayed. If someone is parked in your assigned spot, please use the mach form on our website to report it and park along the curb until you are notified by Ms. Cortier.

Class of 2024 - SOPHOMORES

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Cortier

School Counselor: Mrs. Gaidosh & Mrs. Harlan

Class Sponsors: Ms. Hoskins & Ms. Struble


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.


We know that many 10th graders are starting to get their driver's licenses. At this time, unfortunately, we don't have any parking spaces for 10th graders. Please fill out the Parking Application to be placed on the waiting list just in case we have spots that become available.

Class of 2025 - FRESHMEN

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Baldwin

School Counselor: Mrs. Lea

Class Sponsors: Mr. Koslin


Keep working hard, Mustangs! Progress Reports were released on Friday, September 10th! Students, if you are not satisfied with your grades, now is the time to speak with your teachers, turn in work, be in all of your classes, and finish the quarter #MustangSTRONG. You still have time to improve your grades before the end of the quarter.

Please make sure that you order your FREE MustangU Class of 2025 t-shirt by visiting our Spirit Store: https://accounthub.imagedepotexpress.com/jwm_freshman_u_tees/shop/home! Enter your code: jwfresh21 to get your shirt and it will be delivered directly to the school.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT & DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Advanced Placement

By now, all AP students should be enrolled in the AP Classroom for each AP course. This is important as it is how AP exams are ordered for the students to take in May.


If a student is taking an AP class at JWMHS, please see your AP teacher to get the code if you are not already in.


All students who are taking in an AP course online, either through FLVS or Pasco Eschool need to request an AP exam. In order to receive the AP Exam only join code they must complete the following form by November 1st. Here is the link for the form. See the flyer below as well with the QR code https://forms.office.com/r/ZENH1bSkRU. If students have any questions, please encourage them to come talk to Mrs. Chamberlin ASAP!

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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment for the Fall semester has closed. Students in off campus DE classes should have also picked up their textbooks.


Please watch the district Dual Enrollment website (http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/oll/page/dual-enrollment) for updated information or to see what Dual Enrollment offers. There are several DE classes that are also offered online via Pasco eSchool. Registration for the Spring Semester will begin in November.


It is important that DE students join the Remind for their specific situation so they don't miss important DE information. Send a text to 81010 with the appropriate code:

Class of 2022 On Campus DE: @deon2022

Class of 2023 On Campus DE: @deon2023

Class of 2024 On Campus DE: @deon2024

Class of 2025 On Campus DE: @deon2025

All OFF Campus DE Students: @mhsdeoff


Please reach out to Mrs. Cortier or your grade-level counselor if you have any questions.